“Both Thomas Jefferson and George Mason advised limits on reelection to the Senate and to the Presidency, because said Mason, “nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation”. The historian Mercy Otis Warren, warned that “there is no provision for a rotation, nor anything to prevent the perpetuity of office in the same hands for life; which by a little well-timed bribery, will probably be done”.”
2018 is right around the corner! Isn’t it about time for all new faces in the halls of Congress? Tired of career incumbents not listening to the people?
For the sake of democracy and a functional bipartisan government, isn’t it about time that representatives and senators be limited to a maximum of two terms only in congressional office? Then, give their seat up to a fresh face to represent the people?
We, the People of the United States, need to take back control of our government – if we actually expect to be free of partisan politics and self-serving politicians!
#TwoTermsOnly #USCongress #TermLimits (4 years max for Representatives, 12 years max for Senators)
Term limits in the United States
The Articles of Confederation, adopted in 1781, established term limits for the delegates to the Continental Congress, mandating in Article V that “no person shall be capable of being a delegate for more than three years in any term of six years.”
On October 2, 1789, the Continental Congress appointed a committee of thirteen to examine forms of government for the impending union of the states. Among the proposals was that from the State of Virginia, written by Thomas Jefferson, urging a limitation of tenure, “to prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom by continuing too long in office the members of the Continental Congress”. The committee made recommendations, which as regards congressional term limits were incorporated unchanged into the Articles of Confederation (1781–89). The fifth Article stated that “no person shall be capable of being a delegate [to the continental congress] for more than three years in any term of six years”.
In contrast to the Articles of Confederation, the federal constitution convention at Philadelphia omitted mandatory term limits from the second national frame of government, i.e. the U.S. Constitution of 1789 to the present. However, George Washington set the informal precedent for a two-term limit for the Presidency—a tradition that prevailed until Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, after which the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1951 formally establishing in law the two-term limit.
However, when the states ratified the Constitution (1787–88), several leading statesmen regarded the lack of mandatory limits to tenure as a dangerous defect, especially, they thought, as regards the presidency and the Senate. Richard Henry Lee viewed the absence of legal limits to tenure, together with certain other features of the Constitution, as “most highly and dangerously oligarchic”. Both Jefferson and George Mason advised limits on reelection to the Senate and to the Presidency, because said Mason, “nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation”. The historian Mercy Otis Warren, warned that “there is no provision for a rotation, nor anything to prevent the perpetuity of office in the same hands for life; which by a little well-timed bribery, will probably be done”.
#MAGA and #InHisImage #InHisLikeness are the bananas of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, nationalism, supremacy, and self-serving pocket-padding in the human social world.
In one swoop, the #GOP has managed to give a tax break to their rich campaign donors, repeal the Individual Mandate for Obamacare, and open up drilling for oil in Alaska – all in one tax bill! The GOP is banking on the belief that if you see a few extra dollars each month in your paycheck, that is all you need to be happy about your place in society and that you will vote for them again. They believe that they can sell the citizens of the United States on a bold face lie that this tax bill they forced upon America will benefit the bottom 80% of Americans that only possess less than 15% of this nation’s wealth. Does a few extra dollars each month buy your vote, citizens of the United States?
2018 is around the corner, folks. Mark the voting date! It’s time to #MAGA for all U.S. citizens. #Resist! #TCJA #AHCA
Building a Better America – One Wealth Quintile at a Time
Abstract: Disagreements about the optimal level of wealth inequality underlie policy debates ranging from taxation to welfare. We attempt to insert the desires of ‘‘regular’’ Americans into these debates, by asking a nationally representative online panel to estimate the current distribution of wealth in the United States and to ‘‘build a better America’’ by constructing distributions with their ideal level of inequality. First, respondents dramatically underestimated the current level of wealth inequality. Second, respondents constructed ideal wealth distributions that were far more equitable than even their erroneously low estimates of the actual distribution. Most important from a policy perspective, we observed a surprising level of consensus: All demographic groups—even those not usually associated with wealth redistribution such as Republicans and the wealthy—desired a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo.
Keywords: inequality, fairness, justice, political ideology, wealth, income